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20 January 2009 @ 05:29 am
 
I think he's starting to get used to this.

He has the return of his eyesight to look forward to, one eye certainly, the other very likely, and chances are very likely that we'll be reimbursed for damages sustained by the port authority, and handsomely.

He really is the heart of this ship. As his spirits lift, so does the crew's. He's back to smoking, cursing and being as lewd as ever.

We wouldn't have him any other way.

We're going to see the doctor tomorrow. We're all hopeful.
 
 
 
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
The afternoon was unreasonably pleasant, the sky blue, the sunshine warm and bright, the sea breeze whipping up cool and moist, gulls cawing and birds singing, people on the docks laughing more than usual...

None of it was really any competition for Cid, whose stride was more confident and springy, hands in his pockets - his very full pockets, by the time he'd cashed the reimbursement check for some 9,000 gil. The Captain positively beamed, grinning, not even their trip to the doctor's interfering with his good mood. Even Vincent seemed somehow cheerful, under the cape.

"It's good to see you in a better mood," the gunman says lazily.
Cid: mesmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
"I got money for the goddamn ambush, and 'm finally gonna get my eyes back. I couldn't imagine a better day," Cid beams, knudging Vincent who was at his side, making sure he didn't walk into any one or any poles.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Vincent grunts, but it sounded a little cheerful.

The gunman ensures that they reach the doctor's accident free, and allows Cid to precede him into the office. He goes to loom over the receptionist's desk, staring down at the mousy middle-aged women in coke-bottle spectacles. She gives a little "Oh!" and knocks over a cup of pencils. Vincent patiently watches her scramble to gather them up as they rolled away.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
"Cid Highwind te see the eye-Doc," Cid says, frowning, confused, at the noise.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
She glances up, stuffing fistfuls of pencils into the cup, darting nervous glances between the two men, edging closer to Cid. "Uh... right, yes, Cid Highwind, one moment please." She rights the pencil cup, and takes cover behind the appointment book. "Ah-ha! Right on time. Please have a seat. Please."

Vincent nods curtly at her; she gulps. The gunman takes Cid's elbow, and steers him to a seat.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
"What's the racket?" Cid asks as they sit down.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
"Me. I think," Vincent replies, taking a seat beside Cid, eyes scanning the waiting room like it was a war zone.

Another mousy head peers out with the receptionists, and they whisper at one another, staring at the two men; Vincent looks their way and they duck.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Cid can hear the whispers. He starts to feel his confidence slowly trickle away like water through closed fingers.

"Is somethin' the matter?" He asks Vincent.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
"I don't think I look very friendly," Vincent replies.

Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
"Oh," Cid says. There's a pause. Then he reaches out and slings his arm about Vincent's shoulders.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Vincent accepts the arm, thinking nothing of it; it was a common gesture between them.

The ladies didn't seem to think it was so common - their chatter picked up in speed and pitch.

They're silenced by the appearance of a broad man in a white doctor's coat, with an appearance one could only describe as 'jolly' - rotund and red-cheeked, with an elaborately coiffed thick, black beard and smiling eyes.

"Mr. Highwind, I assume?" He says, voice rumbling and accented. "Dr. Katesh, at your service. Please don't mind the ladies; it is a slow practice, and they are prone to gossip."
Cid: mesmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Cid stands and holds out his hand for the Doctor to shake. "I couldn't give a rats ass, Doc, 'long as ye can fix me up with my sight again," Cid says with a smile.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh gives a deep rumbling laugh. "That's very healthy!" He gives Cid's hand a solid shake, his hand strong and dry.

Vincent stands, glaring at Dr. Katesh assessingly. He only smiles up at the gunman in turn. "Ah, and you must be the Big Scary Bodyguard! A pleasure, Mr.....?"

"Valentine." He offers his gloved hand, and Dr. Katesh shakes his similarly.

"Ah, Mr. Valentine. If you like, you may wait-"

"No. I go where he goes." He sidles up to Cid's back.

Dr. Katesh just chuckles. "Very well, as you wish it! Come along then. Is there anything I can do to set you both at ease?" He leads the pair into the back, past the receptionist's desk to the rooms behind. He takes them to a very comfortable looking room painted in warm pastels, easy on the eyes, with several seats and an examination chair that actually looked very comfortable.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Cid's grateful for Vincent's presence. He'd never been comfortable around doctors.

"Just get me free o' this damn blindfold so I can start flyin' again and gettin' my own food," Cid says. He waves a hand about. "So, is there someplace I should sit or somethin'?"
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh chuckles, and gestures at the examination chair. "Mr. Valentine, if you'd be so kind?"

As Vincent leads Cid to his seat, Dr. Katesh rolls up on a doctor's stool with a tray of implements. Over Cid's shoulder, Vincent does his best not to stiffen up. Cid was anxious as it was without his fears added on. His eyes scan the try and find nothing more menacing than a pair of regular scissors.

"So you fly," Dr. Katesh begins, starting to unwind the gauze about Cid's eyes. "You are a pilot? Is that how this happened?"
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